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By RU Contributor Mad Medic
On September 11th, 2012, America paused to remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack in our history. While we paused and remembered, we told stories of where we were when it happened, how it changed our lives, and all the things one would typically do when remembering a tragic day, half way around the world Egypt and Libya were incensed by a video that made fun of Mohamed, formed obligatory angry mobs, and just went nuts. Most Americas had no clue that this video even existed, nor do they really know (or care) about who Mohamed is or why he was so important.
I want you to go actually watch the video. It was made by a bunch of Coptic Christians who fled Egypt in terror, and it poked at the Muslim behavior towards… well, everyone. It’s poorly written, cheaply made, and most people would have simply laughed at its B movie-level of badness. In ages past, some cleric would have condemned this, Americans would have sheepishly responded that we have freedom of expression but, yes, this was in poor taste and everyone would have moved on. Instead, they did exactly what the film depicts in its opening scene. They formed a mob and went nuts. Did I mention that, in the process, they actually COMMITTED AN ACT OF WAR?
Every Nation in the world recognizes every embassy as sovereign soil of the nation that is being represented. Any breech for any reason – short of full on national emergencies (e.g. Nuclear weapons) – is a serious diplomatic incident and is considered an invasion of foreign soil. Even the Nazis – callous, cold, and, belligerent asshats that they were – respected the sanctity of embassies. It is galling to think that for over thirty years the US has supported Egypt, given untold billions in aid, and this is the repayment. Not only did the police do absolutely dick all to control the situation or defend the embassy, they were nowhere to be seen. As if simply getting over the wall and gratifying the shit out of the inside weren’t bad enough, the sad sacks of excrement actually tore down the Stars and Stripes, ripped it apart, and replaced it with a Jihadi flag. It is a wonder the Marines stationed there didn’t go Full Metal Jacket on them.
This is to say absolutely NOTHING of Libyans actually killing an American ambassador and dragging his body through the streets like the Somalis did with Mike Durrant’s crew. It is hard not to want to get all fire and brimstone on these douchebags. Ask any American about the Libyan situation yesterday and they would have told you that they would love to do anything to help them, and we were actively ready, willing, and able to give tons of assistance during their transition period. Anything from advice to trade, to actual money. That these two attacks happened almost together cannot really fail to escape notice. Nor does it escape notice that this happened on September 11th.
It doesn’t seem to matter what we do anymore, America is always to blame. When a Dutch cartoon came out about Mohamed, whose flag was getting burned right alongside the Dutch one? What’s worse is this offense is all one way. We’re not supposed to be pissed at all when the Palestinians where cheering in the streets on 9/11. We’re not supposed to actually wonder if mainstream Islam is becoming a threat. We’re not supposed to get pissed when they murder Christians or burn down churches. We’re not supposed to be pissed when Afghanistan actually sentences a man to death for converting to Christianity. The West walks around on eggshells in mortal terror of offending Muslims, yet when al Jazeera gleefully shows insurgent attacks on Americans, or we have proof Iranians are killing American Soldiers and Marines, we’re supposed to just take it?
I have no doubt that we’ll bend over and take this one up the rear as we have so many other insults. No doubt people are working to cool the Egyptians’ and Libyans’ ruffled feathers, when in reality they should be working to cool ours. And therein lies the problem – no one respects us anymore. During the Roman Empire, a Citizen had only to say “Citizen Romana” when traveling abroad, and he or she would be unaccounted, because if even one citizen was harassed abroad, Rome would send the full might of the Legions to exact retribution on whichever country offered the abuse. I’m not saying go to war with Egypt or Libya, but there have to be clear, obvious, and more importantly painful consequences for ever doing something like this.
Enough is enough. America has a long history of trying to be reasonable in the face of abuse, but when the long train of abuses becomes too much, we have not only a right but a duty to act. We are the guards of an idea and an ideal that transcends the narrow and petty mobs of the world. We are a reasoned and reasonable people, but we have proven time and again that we are also not a people to be trifled with. I’m tired of the leadership in these countries raising their hands as if to say “insh’Allah.” Egypt and Libya need to take responsibility for their own damn people and we need to stop being so understanding of this sort of behavior.
I say find out what causes people to shit themselves, and the next time the American flag is burned, make the whole crowd lose bowel control. Most of all, I say, never let this shit happen again. The next time an angry mob – be it Muslim or otherwise – get it in their head to come knocking on our embassy, I say we use those extremely painful, nonlethal methods we developed for use in Iraq. I would love to see a whole crowd on the ground twitching and writhing in pain and a US Marine standing over them saying “Son, you done fucked up!”